Dear Carolyn • I am a 32-year-old woman who has been dating a wonderful man for a little over a year. We are now making lifelong plans together, starting with the process of looking for a new home to move into together.
My boyfriend has joint custody over his 5-year-old son, who until now, has lived solely with his mom. We are looking at homes with the idea that his son would live with us half the time. His son and I have a very good relationship. He's a sweetheart and I welcome him living with us, getting to know him better, and helping raise him.
What sort of things I should be prepared for, and my boyfriend and I should discuss, before we move in together? Any big issues that couples need to address when moving in together when one partner has a child? Neither of us has lived with a partner before and neither of us has lived with kids before.